World War 2 (1939-1945) - Europe

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World War 2 (1939-1945) - Europe

On the 3rd September 1939, Britain and France declared war on Germany, beginning a struggle that would last for six years (1939-1945) and involve virtually every region of the world. The war would affect the lives of millions of people around the world, civilians as much as servicemen, children as much as adults. In many ways, life would never be the same again.

Encyclopedia of World War II 1995, Marshall Cavendish, London, vol. 1, p. 6
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The Holocaust

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Library catalogue

The Library catalogue is a powerful searching tool. Use a basic keyword search to get quickly to some of the resources you will find on the shelves on World War II. Use keyword searching to help locate particular topics or aspects of the war.

Dewey Numbers

  • World War II, 1939-1945 = 940.5
  • Campaigns and battles = 940.54

Subject Headings

Collection highlights


From Britannica eStax


General encyclopedia

  • The World Book

Subject encyclopedia:

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Australian participation

Imperial War Museum - United Kingdom

National WWII Museum - United States: New Orleans

From History Channel

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

The Holocaust

Holocaust - Jewish, World War II

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There are many books you could use to further research the persecution of the Jews in Europe during World War II ... these are some that you may care to look at:

Personal narratives

Children of the Holocaust

Illustrated & Picture books

This is just a small collection of some of our illustrated and picture books that deal with the Holocaust. Please ask for help to locate any additional resources.

  • Innocenti, Roberto, 1985, Rose Blanche, with text by Ian McEwan, based on a story by Christophe Gallaz, Red Fox, London.
  • Rubin, Susan Goldman, Weissberger, Ela, 2006, The Cat with the yellow star: coming of age in Terezin, Holiday House, New York
  • Sendak, Maurice, 2003, Brundibar, pictures by Maurice Sendak, retold by Tony Kushner. This book is based on the Czech opera of the same name ("Brundibar" is Czech slang for "bumblebee"); with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister, set to music by Hans Krasa. This opera was performed fifty-five times by the children Terezin, the Nazi concentration camp. Krasa, who was Jewish, was also imprisoned in Terezin. He was killed at Auschwitz in 1944.
  • Unger, Tomi, 2010, Otto: the autobiography of a teddy bear


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Frank, Ann (1929-1945)

A young Jewish girl named Anne Frank, her parents and older sister moved to the Netherlands from Germany after Adolf Hitler and the Nazis came to power in 1933 and made life increasingly difficult for Jews. In 1942 Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in a secret apartment behind her father's business in German-occupied Amsterdam. The Franks were discovered in 1944 and sent to the concentration camps; only Anne's father Otto survived. 

Anne Frank's diary of her family's time in hiding, first published in 1947, has been translated into almost 70 languages and is one of the most widely read accounts of the Holocaust.

'Anne Frank' 2008, History

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On the shelves

The Diary

  • Anne Frank's diary. This is the original edition translated from the Dutch by B.M Mooyaart-Doubleday and published in English for the first time in © 1952. It was first published in © 1947 by Contact, Amsterdam.
  • The Diary of Anne Frank; translated by Susan Massotty; with an introduction Elie Wiesel. First published © 1995
  • The Diary of a young girl: Anne Frank ; edited by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler ; translated by Susan Massotty. Publication dates: © 1991, © 1997, and © 2000.


Illustrated books

  • Anne Frank by Josephine Poole, illustrated by Angela Barrett

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Criticism and interpretation of Anne Frank's diary

Other resources

  • Eva Schloss: is the step-daughter of Otto Frank, and was a playmate of Anne before they went into hiding from the Nazis. She is a holocaust memoirist and co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust, UK.
  • Imperial War Museums: The Liberation of Bergen-Belsen
  • Miep Gies was one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank and her family. It was Miep Gies that saved Anne Frank's diaries and returned them to Otto Frank after the war.


Barbara Mooyaart-Doubleday was the original translator of Anne Frank's diary. She received the Wallenberg Centennial Medal for her lifetime dedication to keep the memory of the Shoah alive.